Jan. 17, 2004
ATHENS, Ga. - Only three unseeded players, made it through to Saturday's singles round of 16 at the SEC Men's Coaches' Indoor Championships, Tennessee's Wade Orr and Damien Spizzo among them. But the two Vols' impressive runs ended there, as both were defeated by highly seeded opponents at Georgia's Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Tennis Facility.
Orr dueled with Georgia junior Matias Ormaza, the event's No. 12 seed and the nation's No. 54 ranked singles collegian. The match's first set saw Orr emerge victorious following a thrilling tiebreaker, but Ormaza regrouped and proceeded to win the final two sets and post a 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2 victory.
Spizzo's round-of-16 opponent was No. 16-seed Paul Ciorascu of Ole Miss. The Rebel senior had not lost a set all tournament, and he kept that streak alive as he dispatched Spizzo 6-2, 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinals.
"Both Damien and Wade had some great wins in the tournament," Vol head coach Michael Fancutt said. "That bodes well for them individually and for the team in the season ahead."
Doubles action also began Saturday. Tennessee originally had two pairings entered in the draw, but the team of Orr and freshman Ben Rogers was forced to withdraw after Orr sustained an injury in his singles contest.
Tennessee kicks off its dual-match schedule Saturday, Jan. 24 when it plays host to Memphis (10 a.m.) and UT-Martin (6 p.m.) in a doubleheader at UT's Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center. Admission to both matches is free.
2004 SEC Men's Coaches' Indoor Championships - Jan. 17
Singles Main Draw - Round of 16
No. 54 Ormaza (UGA) def. Orr (UT), 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2
No. 70 Ciorascu (UM) def. Spizzo (UT), 6-2, 7-5
Doubles Main Draw - Round of 32
No. 35 Fisher/Hazley (LSU) def. Berry/Tcherveniachki (UT), 8-1